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Pre-trial resolution for High Courts

  • Criminal Procedure Code to be amended  

By Pamodi Waravita

 

The Justice Ministry will be gazetting amendments to the Code of Criminal Procedure Act, No. 15 of 1979, to introduce a pre-trial procedure to High Courts.

It is learnt that the pre-trial procedure will enable the two disputing parties to negotiate with lawyers in a conference so as to curtail a lengthy trial period. The aim is to ensure that all pre-trial activities are concluded before the case is heard before the trial judge.

Pre-trial conferences are also used in a number of other countries to shorten the trial period or even to bring a resolution to the disputing parties before the case goes to trial.

Therefore, the Cabinet of Ministers on 21 June had approved the proposal presented by Justice Minister President’s Counsel M.U.M. Ali Sabry to submit the relevant Bill to the Parliament which was prepared following Cabinet approval in 2018.